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America's Counter-Revolution
The Constitution Revisited

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This book challenges the assumption that the Constitution was a landmark in the struggle for liberty. Instead, Sheldon Richman argues, it was the product of a counter-revolution, a setback for the radicalism represented by America’s break with the British empire. Drawing on careful, credible historical scholarship and contemporary political analysis, Richman suggests that this counter-revolution was the work of conservatives who sought a nation of “power, consequence, and grandeur.” America’s Counter-Revolution makes a persuasive case that the Constitution was a victory not for liberty but for the agendas and interests of a militaristic, aristocratic, privilege-seeking ruling class.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Was Trayvon Martin Standing HIS Ground?

Trayvon Martin's champions should be careful what they say about the "stand your ground" law. It's possible that Martin felt threatened by George Zimmerman and, in fear for his life, countered the threat rather than retreat.  Of course Martin had no gun, but what if he had managed to kill Zimmerman by, say, slamming his head on the pavement? He might have reasonably invoked "stand your ground."

Be careful.


Anonymous said...

In that case, Martin would have immediately been arrested and charged whether he tried to invoke "stand your ground" or not. The problem with the "stand your ground" law is not that it allows you to defend yourself with no duty to retreat. The problem is section 776.032 which grants the person using force immunity from prosecution unless the law enforcement agency investigating the crime "determines there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful." I appreciate the libertarian intent of "stand your ground," but surely you agree any law that gives greater subjective (practically judicial) power to cops is a bad law.

GeorgeNYC said...

What on earth does the "Stand Your Ground" law have to do with Libertarianism?

I am seriously asking that question.

Grung_e_Gene said...

There's an obvious reason Martin would have been prosecuted for murder or, at least, manslaughter if he had killed Zimmerman while "standing his ground". One obvious difference.